“The division’s expendables.” That’s what one division commander called the 1/9th Cavalry Blue platoons during the Vietnam War. The Blues, as they were called, were perpetually understrength and considered to be acceptable losses in hopeless situations—but their amazingly successful record proved otherwise.
A harrowing firsthand account of mortal combat, Flashing Saber is the remarkable story of the soldierswho served in the First Air Cavalry Division’s reconnaissance squadron. Included is an account of an air-ground raid that overran a regimental command post and killed more high-ranking enemy officers than any similar engagement of the war.
The author participated in about 450 helicopter assault landings.